Jody Kreycik, who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and boating under the influence in a Pactola Reservoir accident that killed a woman, will be allowed to live under house arrest while awaiting sentencing, according to a court ruling on Monday.
Judge Jeff Davis agreed with Kreycik's attorney Ken Orrock, who asked the court to allow his client to remain under house arrest with his parents in Valentine, Neb., until his sentencing hearing on March 7.
Valentine is located about 200 miles southeast of Rapid City near the South Dakota border.
Orrock said that Kreycik's father, Joe Kreycik, is a sheriff's deputy in Cherry County, Neb., and would account for his son while in his custody.
Jody Kreycik pleaded guilty in September to being intoxicated while driving a personal watercraft that crashed into a boat in August, 2015, killing Gabrielle Fisher of Rapid City. Fisher, 33, a stylist engaged to be married, was struck by the watercraft and thrown from the boat; her body was recovered three days later.
Second-degree manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Kreycik, 29 years old at the time of his plea, was not present at court Monday because he was participating in a drug-treatment program at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs facility in St. Cloud, Minn. He was reportedly released from the VA today.
Kreycik will be transported from the VA facility back to Rapid City where he will enroll in the 24/7 sobriety program. From there he will be placed under house arrest in Nebraska, officials said.
The judge also ordered that Kreycik wear a secure alcohol-monitoring device while under house arrest. This device monitors if an offender consumes any alcohol throughout the day. If alcohol is detected, authorities are notified immediately. The device also acts as a GPS locator. The sentencing hearing will be on March 7 at 1:15 p.m. at the Pennington County Courthouse.
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